When is Dhul Hijjah 2023
Dhul Hijjah 2023
What is Dhul Hijjah?
Dhul Hijjah is the 12th month of the Islamic Hijri Calendar and contains many special and virtuous days within it.
First of all, it is considered to be one of the four sacred months.
The sanctity of these months is mentioned in the Quran and alluded to by the Prophet ﷺ.
They were revered throughout time, even in pre-Islamic Arabia.
During these months, the Jahili Arabs would cease fighting out of respect, allowing people to travel and make the pilgrimage safely.
The month of Dhul Hijjah is the season of Hajj, the holy pilgrimage to Makkah, one of the five compulsory pillars of Islam.
With the days of Hajj, we also have the Day of ‘Arafah as well as Eid al-Adha.
When is Dhul Hijjah 2023?
Dhul Hijjah is predicted to start June 19th, 2023.
Hajj begins: 26th June 2023
Day of ‘Arafah: 27th June 2023
Eid al-Adha: 28th June 2023
The following dates are all dependent upon moonsighting.
The First Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah
In regard to the first ten days of Dhul Hijjah, the Prophet ﷺ said:
“There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days. (Sahih al-Bukhari)
The first ten days of Dhul Hijjah are unequivocally known as the best days of the year for Muslims.
Good deeds hold more reward, but misdeeds are also more significant.
It also serves as another chance to reconnect and maintain good habits that we may have let go of post-Ramadan.
The Prophet ﷺ said:
“There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah ﷻ than these ten days.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
Fasting in Dhul Hijjah
Amongst the many good deeds that are encouraged during the month of Dhul Hijjah, the most recommended is fasting during the first 9 days.
“One fast during these days is equal to the fasting of one complete year.” (Tirmidhi)
If you’re unable to fast all nine days, try to fast on the ninth day (Day of ‘Arafah).
“Fasting the day of ‘Arafah expiates the sins of two years: the past one and the coming one.” (Muslim)
Standing in the Night
Another recommended act of devotion during Dhul Hijjah is standing in prayer during the night.
“The worship of one night during this period is equal to worship on Laylatul Qadr.” (Tirmidhi)
As part of the rituals of Dhul Hijjah and Eid, Muslims are ordained to give Qurbani, distributing meat to the poor. This is to be done either on the 10th, 11th, or 12th of the month.
“Do not show lethargy or negligence in giving alms and charity till your last breath.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
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May this special season be a time of light, mercy and forgiveness.